I’ve seen some interesting stories in the past week in the news, and want to share and discuss them with all of you. Please leave your thoughts in the comments
I am sure a lot of you have seen this going around on Facebook and Twitter the past couple of days. The Boston Marathon is adding 9,000 spots to the field. Usually the race has 27,000 participants, so by adding 9,000 runners, you would assume this would make the new field 36,000, right? Wrong. They actually haven’t determined the overall size of the field yet. They are still having to check with the different towns and cities it runs through to make this final decision.
With over 5,600 runners with guaranteed entry due to being unable to finish last year, do you think they want to make sure more people are able to run the iconic race, especially since it will be the year following the bombing? Or do you think it is a way to help combat the faster finishing times, so more runners feel that they have a chance to get in? I feel like its a little bit of both. All I know is the Boston Marathon is the most amazing experience to have the chance to participate in. Perhaps this will give more runners the chance at making the turn onto Boylston and crossing the finish line a lot of runners only dream of!
My friend Ryan shared this with me yesterday, and I definitely feel it is worth chatting about. A new biosensor has been developed, about the size and feel of a temporary tattoo, that can actually alert athletes when they are about to hit the wall. The sensor monitors lactate, which is a form of lactic acid released in sweat.
I am very split on this new sensor. Do I really want my mind to know before my body that my race is about to take a turn for the worst? Once you are about to hit the wall, there is really now turning back. You can’t just starting fueling right that second and get all of your energy back. Could you possibly alleviate some of all that wall hitting? I would presume so. But not competely. You can’t take back the first half of the race where your pace was too fast, and you are paying for it now.
Don’t get me wrong, this is a pretty amazing new scientific finding. There is just something to be said about training and racing smart. I am at the point where I have finally figured out how to run a marathon without bonking at the end. It all has to do with starting out slower than race pace, and slowly negative splitting the race. It’s not because I have a tattoo on my arm telling me what is happening. I fuel right, listen to my body, and have the experience of running enough marathons to be able to tell the difference. You may think the complete opposite though, so let me know! I may be looking at this completely from one side, so please enlighten me with your thoughts too!